Slovenia: Alleged irregularities in Raiven’s selection lead to the resignation of an RTV SLO employee

Chief editor of Slovenia‘s national television entertainment program Vanja Vardjan resigned earlier today due to suspected irregularities over the country’s participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Specifically, in relation to a complaint filed with the Committee for the Prevention of Corruption, it is claimed that Slovenia’s national broadcaster disregarded the rules it had established for the representative selection process.

More precisely, RTV SLO declared in October of last year that a national competition named “Misija Malmö” will select the artist who will represent the country in Malmö. The four participating artists were even mentioned as having already been chosen. The songs that the artists had submitted were supposed to be released on December 12.  However, this didn’t happen because Raiven was ultimately selected as the country’s representative on December 5.

Later, Vanja Vardjan claimed that there was never any consideration of holding a national final and that Raiven’s candidacy had a significant advantage over the other submissions.

Astrid Kljun, another “Misija Malmö” contender, responded as well, saying that Raiven was already chosen internally and did not apply to compete in the national final.

The Committee for the Prevention of Corruption released a report after Vanja Vardjan resigned, stating that there is currently no evidence that RTV SLO engaged in any irregularities during the representative selection process. Notwithstanding the artist or song selected, the process-oriented investigations will go on.

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Slovenia: Raiven will be the Slovenian representative at Eurovision 2024, with her song ‘Veronika’!

A while ago, the sixth artist for Eurovision 2024 was announced. Slovenia suprised us, as for the third time in history, the artist who will represent the country in the contest will not be chosen through a national final, but by internal selection.

Slovenian public television (RTVSLO) in a special press conference confirmed the rumors of recent months and announced that Raiven, a mezzo-soprano, pop singer, songwriter and harpist, will raise the country’s flag in Malmö.

Raiven will represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö this May with her song ‘Veronika’.


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Who is Raiven?

Sara Briški Ciman, better known as Raiven is a singer who regularly appears on the country’s public television. He has presented numerous shows, and has appeared in a variety of concerts and music shows.

Her latest single titled “Ikona has become a big sensation in the country after being featured in RTVSLO’s Popevka 2023, alongside Helena Blagne.

No one can deny her professionalism, vocal skills, stage appearance and close relationships with RTVS, a set of things that fits perfectly with Eurovision.

Many Eurofans certainly remember Raiven, from her appearances in the Slovenian national final, EMA, having finished third in 2017 and second in 2016 (by just 100 votes) and 2019.

Watch her presentation video below:

What is your opinion about Raiven getting selected? Tell us in the comments below!

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Slovenia: The country’s entry for Eurovision 2024 will be released on January 20!

The song that will represent Slovenia in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in May in Malmö, Sweden, will be revealed on January 20, as stated by the country’s public broadcaster RTVSLO.

The Slovenian representative is to be revealed tomorrow at a press conference.

The selection procedure 

The selection of the Slovenian entry was made internally through the ‘Misija Malmö’ procedure. More precisely, over 100 songs were submitted to compete for the Slovenian representation, according to the country’s public broadcaster. Five of these songs then advanced to the next round of the process, where the ultimate winner was determined, following an assessment conducted by an RTVSLO committee that was especially constituted for this purpose.

Last year, Slovenia was represented by Joker Out with the song “Carpe Diem”, giving the country its first qualification to the final since 2019!

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Source: RTVSLO

Slovenia: 4 songs will compete at EMA 2024!

Slovenia’s public broadcaster, RTV, announced that EMA, which was previously used to choose the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, will once more be used, after a year’s absence.

However, there will be certain differences from other years in the competition’s structure. In particular, at most four songs can compete in the EMA, which will take place in January 2024.

The participants must reside in Slovenia, whether they do so continuously or just occasionally. This requirement does not apply to the performers who will provide vocal accompaniment for the main performance.

Interested artists may submit their applications until 15 November 2023.

The four songs will be chosen through voting by global expert committees based on the following criteria: quality, voice and stage presence, popularity, modernity/innovation, and global recognition.

Last year, Slovenia was represented by Joker Out with the song “Carpe Diem”, giving the country its first qualification to the final since 2019!

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Source: RTVSLO, 


Joker Out: We will have a lot of interaction with the crowd!

Joker Out gave an interview to EurovisionFun’s Paschalis about their participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Carpe Diem“. Kris, Jan, Jure and Nace were with us.

Some things about the song:

We recorded the song in Hamburg in December. The lyrics are telling what happened there. We stayed all night in the studio and just created the song. We did that to avoid all of the negative energy. We tell the people to play the game of hate for themselves, we are just dancing and singing.

The song was written for Eurovision, but we didn’t have in mind to do something special. We had the idea and recorded the song, it’s a song that represents us as Joker Out.

Some things about the performance:

It will be a 3-minute Joker Out concert. We’re going to keep the same energy, be as close to each other as possible and try to have as much interaction with the crowd as possible.

Slovenia is a relatively small country with not much financial power. We believe some of the Slovenian entries have been really good and deserved better. We are here to set this trend upside down!

There will be an English version of the song as well, but we are going to keep the Slovenian version.

Their favorite Eurovision entries:

We are fans of Eurovision and our first memory is Ruslana!

Our favorite Slovenian Eurovision entry is Samo Ljubezen from 2002.

Their message to the readers of EurovisionFun:

Hello EurovisionFun! Thank you so much for all of your support and we can’t wait to meet you in Liverpool!

We would like to thank Joker Out for their interview and wish them best of luck!